I think all moms out there can agree that bouncing back after baby isn’t easy. Some moms make it look really easy and they are the 0.05%. They give bouncing back a bad name. I would be lying if I said I bounced back quickly even though I did bounce back relatively quick in comparison .
I was talking to a friend about my post-baby body. The conversation was mainly about how freaking hard it is to get back into shape after having a baby. It isn’t just losing the weight (in my case I gained nearly 60lbs!); it’s finding time/support to get your butt to the gym after the baby is born and finding the energy to make healthy meals when it’s easier to just eat toddler leftovers. If everyone knew the struggles of a new mom, they MIGHT be a little more sympathetic when we reach for a cupcake and then cry afterwards because it made us “fat…” The Struggle!!
I was at a point earlier this year when I had kind of accepted the fact that the rest of the weight wasn’t going to come off. It had been a year since Cash was born, I was working out, watching what I was eating, and still trying to lose the extra lbs. The first 45lbs melted off like butter. I attribute it to the lack of sleep, copious amounts of coffee, and carrying around a diaper bag that weighed more than a small cow. I was always on the go and was so determined to get back to my post baby weight of 118. I’d workout when Cash slept or I’d go at midnight because I was so motivated.
Anyways, I started this year at about 130 and it would fluctuate down to 125 if I was really cautious but that was rare. No more weight was coming off and I was super bummed and got complacent that this might be where I’m stuck at. Long story short, I decided to give it one last ditch effort. I started training harder and prepping my meals before hand and had a lot of mental support. It really helped to eat the same thing every day and it made grocery shopping easier (& cheaper). In the past month I lost 13 lbs and even put on some muscle. My confidence level is through the roof knowing that I endured and I’m actually in better shape and weigh less (117lbs) than what I did when I was in my modeling prime.
I want you to know nothing is impossible. It might seem like it is but don’t ever give up on yourself. You can get back to your pre-baby weight. You can even be better. You just have to be consistent in your changes. Give yourself a month before you give up! I lost all motivation but recently found that motivation again after small changes in my diet and people who supported me in my life helped bring that spark back. Sometimes the answer is right there but we just don’t see the potential we have in ourselves…
Here’s an example of what I’d eat in a day. I always had these first and if I was still hungry I’d snack in between. My main focus was to fill up on super healthy stuff and lots of water
whole wheat toast + avocado + turkey slices
chicken breast + roasted veggies + rice
some type of lean protein + salad + goat cheese + quinoa
As you can see, it’s structured but not strict. It’s a very clean diet of fats, carbs, and proteins…and of course Mom Happy Juice. I could never do a diet that restricts me from wine. My mental health would be shot to shit.
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There’s always room for improvement. Not one of these photos is “bad.” If you’re looking at one of these photos and can relate to one, don’t get down on yourself. I still see places I can progress in my last photo but seeing how far I’ve come makes me happier than anything!